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An Unusual Retrofit (Pip Magazine)

You won’t find many homes in the inner city that have intentionally shrunk to make way for a larger garden, but that’s what happened behind a bright red door in Northcote, Melbourne.

Alistair Tuffnell and Christine Baro live with their cat Peppino in a two bedroom workers cottage. When Alistair bought the house twenty years ago, it was rundown, dark, and all he could afford in the area. His partner Christine moved in three years later, and they had big plans for living off the land. “We went to Tassie where we were going to buy a farm, but that didn’t work out,” says Alistair. “So all of the things that we wanted to do down there, we thought, ‘stuff it, let’s do it here instead.”

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Urban Abundance: The Plummery (Pip Magazine)

The Plummery sounds like a sprawling countryside property. Its garden beds grow an abundance of vegetables, with surrounding fruit and nut trees underplanted with shrubs, herbs and flowers. Bubblegum grape shades the house and there’s a greenhouse with bananas and babaco. A quail aviary sits by the side of the house and on the southern side are avocados, feijoas and a cherry guava.

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